Not everyone agrees with Simon Heffers passionate beliefs concerning the demise of the English language and the need to preserve a strict adherence to the etymology of words. In fact many critics label him as an English language purist who's out of touch with the evolution of modern usage. Whatever your opinion, it's certain you will find his comments provocative. I rather enjoyed the book and feel Heffer has a way of stimulating further discussion about the value and indeed the practicality of grammar, vocabulary, and diction. The book is available on Amazon. You can read more of my review on my blog.
GRAMMAR IN THE NEWS
Donna McTavish is the Director and Owner of English for Business Limited in Auckland, New Zealand. McTavish has a degree in physiology and biochemistry but steered her passion for literature and language toward a career as a educator in medical and business publishing. In her article posted on LinkedIn, McTavish speaks of the business implications of proper grammar. The article reviews the Harvard Business Review Blog author who said he wouldn't hire people who use poor grammar. McTavish's article suggests the problem behind poor grammar isn't necessarily ignorance but a shift of values and priorities in a complacent younger generation.
Ammon Shea, the author of Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation, chronicles the history of language usage, how standards we once considered to be blatantly incorrect are now acceptable, and sparks a debate or two about the glorious mess of the language. Shea spoke recently in an interview with NPR in which he remarked that by the time you've noticed a usage being misused, it's far too late to do anything to stop it. The author doesn't characterize himself as a strict conformist to English grammar principles, but rather a "professional annoyance" and researcher.